5 Google Glass mini games that use head, voice, motion control

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Discounting all of the reasons why Google Glass isn't worth it (right now), the wearable still has some quality features. It's a great POV camera. It's excellent for mapping directions. One thing Glass is not is a device to play games on. For no practical reason other than "because it can," Google's released five mini games for Glass that let people tilt theirs head from left to right and swat at the air in front of them for controls.

Before we even get into the games, we'll just say this: YES. Yes, what? Yes, you are correct in thinking how dorky and silly you'll look playing Google Glass games with your head. Nothing is going to change that. Heck, nothing is going to change how alien you look with Glass just idle on your face. Sorry, but society just hasn't warmed up to Glass's cyborg-looks yet.

Now, back to the games. The five mini games are designed to use Glass's sensors. Tennis uses the gyroscope and accelerometer to detect head tilts; your head movements become racket swings. Balance has you balancing a bunch of shapes (books) on top of Andy the Android. Clay Shooter responds to voice recognition and eye-tracking; say "pull" and a pigeon will blast on command at whatever direction you're looking in. Match is matching game where the user pairs objects using head movements. And Shape Splitter is like Fruit Ninja; you slice objects by slashing in front of Glass's camera.

The mini games are extremely simple and were created to be "quick to get into when you have a few, free minutes and just as easy to get out of when you want to turn your attention back to reality" says Google.

Glass games won't replace the ones on your smartphone, 3DS or game console, but they're still interesting to fool around with, if you're lucky enough to have a pair of Glass. Just remember: you have no one to blame but yourself if you look like a doofus while playing these in public.

Glassholes Glass users, you can get the set of five mini games by navigating to the Glassware app page.

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